Asian lives, stories and perspectives have global implications. This year’s Asianet Conference takes a bottom-up perspective, situating the local Asian daily life in the wider global context.
The conference solicits perspectives that are sensitised to the local and contextual, but at the same time considers what this means in a new globalised context. The aim is to get a view at what is happening on the ground in Asia; to understand the role of local knowledges and understandings in Asian worldviews, and how these interact and interrelate with global knowledge circulations, value chains and trade networks. This conference highlights fragmentation and coming together in ongoing negotiations, relations, combinations, and enmeshments that constantly destabilise, reproduce, and reshape worlds. Fragmentation is a productive perspective that allows us to discuss how new things come together: some relations are silenced, or backgrounded, some are foregrounded.
How do large-scale phenomena, such as a destabilising pandemic, play out in ongoing developments? How do we make sense of the MeToo movements that have swept throughout Asia? What impact has the climate crisis had on the local communities caught in its deadly grip? How has increased international mobility of people, capital, information, and cultural products affected the political changes in Asia that are on the front pages of major news outlets worldwide? Does it still make sense to talk about the ‘particular’ and the ‘specific’ when local cultural production trends in all parts of the world?
These and many more questions are explored in the 2022 Asianet Conference held in Trondheim 16th and 17th of June 2022.
ASIANET, located at the Centre for Development and the Environment at the University of Oslo, therefore invites individual abstracts for talks, and session proposals with a minimum of four abstracts by 21 February 2022 relating to the conference theme. Abstracts that go beyond the theme are also allowed. The abstracts should be max 250 words. Individual abstracts will be organised into thematic sessions by the conference organisers. Suggestions for roundtable discussions are also very much welcomed.
Find out more about the conference and read on the call here.
ASIANETT, Centre for Development and the Environment at the University of Oslo